When only five players remain from the previous season, that can only be described as an exodus but in new boss Karl Jones, Lindisfarne at least have the right man to turn that into a positive. NZ Secondary Schools coach in 2009-2010 and former Hurricanes Under 18 ga er, renowned talent scout Jones knows how to get a bunch of relative strangers up to speed quickly. He knows it’s going to be one of the biggest challenges, especially with a draw that pits them against Wesley, Feilding and St. Paul’s all away. The Lindisfarne game is traditionally forward orientated and is exemplified by industrious Hurricanes Under 17 program member and No 8 Chris Hicks – in cahoots with lock/flanker William Gunson. Both are assiduous ball winners. Further out and Loqorio Waqanidrola is one to mark down for the future. The athletically gifted lock from 2015 is now an option in the centres under Jones. Monty Greig on the wing takes on anybody in front of him and in halfback Josh Dreaden, there’s a likelihood of smooth ball coming from a tight five that is habitually sound. They’ve lost 18 senior players so why the optimism? While Wesley, St. Paul’s and Feilding beat each other up and chase the home playo s, Lindisfarne could well be sneaking around the blindside.